Caplor Energy, based in Fownhope, Herefordshire, has completed the installation of a 35kWp rooftop solar energy array for local horticultural business, Haygrove. The company, which grows high value crops and develops growing systems, was keen to reduce its energy bills as well as become a more sustainable business.  

The photovoltaic (PV) system, which spans two of Haygrove’s industrial units, is expected to generate 30,000 units of renewable electricity each year, which will help power the Ledbury-based business, and save 17 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

Haygrove is expected to earn approximately £10,000 each year under the feed-in tariff scheme. The company will receive these payments for 25 years in addition to the considerable savings on energy bills.

“We’re delighted with our new solar PV system. It should lead to big savings on our energy bill, especially as many of the fruit crops require refrigeration in the summer months when the panels are generating most. The installation by Caplor Energy has been very professional and completed on time,” said Haygrove Managing Director, Angus Davison.

“UK businesses are increasingly feeling the effects of rising energy prices and environmental legislation, such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). Installing this solar PV system is enabling us to alleviate such costs and commitments. And with the feed-in tariff it’s a sound financial investment for the future of the business. Of course, it’s also a great signpost for us demonstrating Haygrove’s ethos on sustainability and our environmental responsibility. ”

Caplor Energy’s Business Director Jamie Baldwin said, “We’re delighted to have been chosen by Haygrove to install this commercial system. It’s great to see local businesses supporting one another – and it really is a win-win for both companies. We’re confident Haygrove will benefit hugely from installing this solar PV array by reducing CO2 emissions and their energy bills. With the introduction of the feed-in tariff as well it means that the installation costs of this PV system will be paid back within 8½ years – that’s a return on investment of approximately 12% each year!”